Natural calamities, such as flooding, are a common phenomenon that affects millions of people worldwide, including South East Asia, and leave people homeless at the mercy of nature. Addressing the issue, Vietnam-based architectural firm by the name H&P Architects has come up with a sustainable housing solution that promises to provide shelter to the people who lose their homes due to devastating floods.
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Taking modern, sustainable architecture to the next level, International design firm Arup has come up with an algae-powered building called the “BIQ House” in Hamburg that integrates a bio-adaptive algae facade to provide internal shading. Claimed to be the world’s first algae-powered building, the BIQ House will become a testing hub for self-sufficient living buildings and sustainable energy generation in urbanities.
Developed for Milano’s 2015 Expo, the Vietnam Pavilion by H&P Architects draws inspiration from the rice cultivation, which is an integral part of the wet rice civilization of Vietnam, on the terraces field. Amalgamating the agricultural values with modern architecture to construct a sustainably functioning space, the Vietnam Pavilion by the Chicago-based architectural firm makes use of steel structural frames, with a number of modules up to 7.5 m in length, attached by simple joins or overlapping.
The Entangled Pavilion by eco-conscious architect and designer Michael Jantzen is one in a series of design studies that explore new ways in which architecture can be reinvented in order to become more responsive to the people who use it. This is a design study for a new kind of interactive architecture.
With changing environmental conditions, architecture too will have to go through a major transformation to sustain humanity in a world where energy doesn’t come cheap. Working on the same lines architects from FIXd Architecture have come up with Mo Ventus – a conceptual luxury house with transformable shape and zero energy credentials that can be built anywhere in the world.
With limiting space on earth due to fast growing population, scientist and researchers are exploring new possibilities where we can live and work to sustain our lives. Addressing the issue, Paris-based Sitbon Architectes has come up with a futuristic semi-submersible farm called the “Bloom” where inhabitants can grow phytoplankton-microscopic marine organisms which helps in eliminating carbon dioxide from the environment, other than providing shelter to the people.
Designed to offer a new life to Atacama Desert, situated near the Pacific Ocean in the Republic of Chile, the “Mist-Tree” from a bunch of American designers, including Yeonkyu Park, Kwon Han, Haeyeon Kwon and Hojeong Lim, is a skyscraper which can reduce the drought coming from the high ranges of the Andes Mountains. Though the Atacama Desert is located close to the Pacific Ocean, still it is constantly dry because of its geographic condition. At the moment the mist coming from the Pacific Ocean cannot get through the mountain and creates a “rain shadow effect.”
Discarded or used shipping containers with their unique configuration offer a great scope for designers to let loose their creativity and produce some innovative structures, which not only presents unique formation to meet individual needs but also helps in sustaining the environment by recycling the metal waste. Check out the Jike idea shipping container building concept by Beijing’s Jikerzhicheng product design that as the name suggests is made using an old 20 foot shipping container.
Brooks + Scarpa Architects have successfully completed construction on the Green Dot Animo Leadership High School in Los Angeles which features a rich plethora of clean energy generating and energy conserving systems. The school which is located under the flight path into LAX will provide learning facilities for about 500 students.